re: FOLLIES and Middle Aged Gay Men
Last Edit: GrumpyMorningBoy 04:28 pm EDT 06/22/24
Posted by: GrumpyMorningBoy 04:26 pm EDT 06/22/24
In reply to: FOLLIES and Middle Aged Gay Men - Zelgo 03:34 pm EDT 06/22/24

What's distinct about FOLLIES, compared to other popular musicals, even Sondheim ones...?

Could it have something to do with the fact that these characters are not worried about their kids? Most middle-aged gay men don't have kids. Hmmm. That may be part of it -- what's not in the show.

(I forget, but are kids ever even mentioned in the script?)

This is an intriguing question because I know that for me, who also discovered FOLLIES as a teenager, the show seemed like something that helped me understand my parents better. Their "what ifs," their ambivalence, their dysfunction.

Do those of us who are older relate more deeply to our nostalgia for the past?

Or would we just like to have an escapist Loveland sequence with all that old showbiz razzle-dazzle?

You mention Liza. Maybe she's got the answer! When asked why gay men love her (and her mama) so much, she said:

"I think it's simple. They have good taste."

Link Liza on gay men -- They have good taste

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